You can’t have summer in the South without a jar of ice cold sweet tea. If you are up for a little bit of foraging, you can turn your regular sweet tea into a sweet & healthy iced herbal tea with white clover! Read on for my White Clover Iced Tea Recipe with Fresh Mint and Honey!
There are tons of edible herbs, flowers, and weeds that make yummy and healthy additions for hot and cold drinks alike. Our yard is full of dandelions and clover so my foraging adventures have been focused on those two plants.
My kids LOVE to pick flowers, weeds, herbs, grass, and anything else they can get their little dirt-covered hands on so I sent them out to pick a basket of white clover for me. I played around with the clover and different herbs to put a yummy twist on this Southern summertime favorite!
Health Benefits of White Clover
White Clover Plants (Trifolium repens) have many medicinal properties.
Clover has been found useful as a blood purifier. It also contains bioflavonoids, beta carotene, vitamin C, B vitamins, inositol, biotin and a high protein content.
There are several ways that White Clover can be used as an herbal remedy:
- White Clover Tinctures to treat gout and other general health issues
- White Clover Teas to soothe cold symptoms and ease rheumatic aches
- Eyewash made with white clover to ease eye ailments
- White Clover Salves to treat skin problems
- White Clover Infusion to soothe cold symptoms
Foraging for White Clover
To forage for and harvest white clover for clover tea, you will first need to find patches of white clover that have not been sprayed with chemicals.
Your yard is obviously the safest bet because you know if anything has been applied, but you could also check with your local parks and/or neighbors if you don’t have any white clover popping up.
Gather the Clover
Take a basket, bag, or jar and a pair of scissors out to your yard or wherever you located unsprayed clover. Clip the stem just below the blossom for this recipe.
If you plan to use the dried eaves for another recipe OR if you want to use the clover as a garnish OR if you plan to hang dry to dehydrate, you can clip lower to keep some stem and leaves attached.
Place your harvested clover flowers in the container and take them to a water source for rinsing.
How to Dry White Clover
You can dehydrate white clover by putting the blossoms into the oven, an electric dehydrator, on a baking rack in a sunny spot outside, tying them in bundles to hang dry (you will need to leave the stems attached when gathering if you use this option), or by using a solar oven.
I prefer using a solar oven for a few reasons:
#1 I can monitor the temperature.
#2 The oven provides protection from bugs landing on the rinsed clover.
#3 I can use it with or without electricity.
Store any extra white clover flowers in airtight mason jars for later use.
White Clover Iced Tea Recipe with Fresh Mint and Honey
*If you have allergies, please be cautious when using this iced tea recipe.
If you have never tried white clover, there is no need to worry!
Clover is surprisingly sweet. It has a light grassy flavor with a hint of vanilla that is perfect to refresh and hydrate you on a hot summer day!
White Clover Tea Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup dried clover blossoms
- 2 cups water
- 2 fresh mint sprigs + 1 for garnish
- raw local honey
- ice cubes
- flour sack towel, muslin cloth, or reusable tea bag
White Clover Iced Tea Directions:
1. GATHER CLOVER
Gather clover from your yard, then rinse and dehydrate the blossoms. You can dehydrate clover in a dehydrator, the oven, or in a solar oven (my favorite).
Check out this post for a step-by-step tutorial on foraging and dehydrating white clover blossoms.
2. MEASURE THE CLOVER BLOSSOMS
Measure out 1/2 cup of dried clover blossoms.
3. USE A FILTER CLOTH
Place the dehydrated clover blossoms and the sprigs of fresh mint onto a flour sack towel, muslin cloth, or a tea bag. This will keep the solid pieces of clover and mint from floating around in your clover tea.
4. BOIL WATER
Boil 2 cups of water in a medium saucepan.
5. STEEP THE TEA
Remove the water from the heat and allow the clover and mint to steep in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. Steep longer for a stronger flavor.
The clover and mint can steep in a folded muslin cloth/flour sack towel (like in the first photo) or on top of a cloth (like the second photo).
Just make sure that the blossoms are completely submerged so that all of their goodness can be transferred to the water.
6. SWEETEN THE TEA
Pour the freshly brewed clover tea into a mason jar that has 1-2 TBSP of raw local honey in it. You can also stir the honey into the tea while it is still in the sauce pan if you prefer.
Add 4-5 ice cubes to cool this tea off and garnish with another mint sprig.
Enjoy cold or as an herbal hot tea… If you prefer a hot tea, skip step #7 and pour the tea straight from the stove into a tea cup 🙂
This refreshing beverage doesn’t take the place of our staple Southern sweet tea, but it does offer a light and refreshing alternative if you want to switch things up a bit!
Have you ever made white clover tea?
White Clover Iced Tea
- 1/2 cup dried clover blossoms
- 2 cups water
- 3 fresh mint sprigs
- 1-2 TBSP raw honey
- ice cubes
- Gather white clover from your yard, then rinse and dehydrate the blossoms.
- Place the 1/2 cup of dried clover blossoms and 2 sprigs of fresh mint onto a flour sack towel, muslin cloth, or tea bag.
- Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan
- Remove the water from heat and allow the clover and mint to steep in the hot water for 3-5 minutes. Steep longer for a stronger flavor.
- Pour the freshly brewed tea into a mason jar and add 1-2 TBSP of raw, local honey.
- Add 4-5 ice cubes and garnish with another mint sprig. Enjoy!
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